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Kansas Historical Quarterly - Bypaths of Kansas History - May 1945

(Vol. 13 No. 6), page 382
Transcribed by lhn;
digitized with permission of the Kansas Historical Society.

ABOLITIONISTS VS. PROSLAVERYITES

From the Kansas Constitutionalist, Doniphan, October 14, 1857.

If the reports from other places in this county be true, Doniphan was not the only place where the ferry boats were cut loose or damaged so that they could not run on the day of the election. The sneaking abolitionists are competent to do any dirty and villainous deed. The trifling and dishonorable act of sending every boat adrift was in keeping with their whole career in Kansas. Jim Lane concocts meanness and his white slaves execute his orders.

LOVE FOR THE FLAG

From the Freedom's Champion, Atchison, June 8, 1861.

On Tuesday morning last a man came in town with a wagon for Relief, from the Big Blue and when on the bridge where Seventh street crosses Commercial he observed the Stars and Stripes waving over the Champion office, when he took off his hat and carried it in his hand until he passed the office. He remarked to a man as he was passing that it was the first American flag he had seen for eighteen months, and he considered it impolite to pass without taking off his hat.

STAGE ROBBERY ON THE FLORENCE-EL DORADO LINE

From The Marion County Record, Marion, September 19, 1874.

On last Monday morning, the stage which runs regularly between Florence and Eldorado, was robbed about fourteen miles south of the former place, by two armed men unknown to the driver. There were no passengers aboard, and the driver alone was powerless to resist. The robbers cut open both the mail and paper sacks, and then carried them with their contents away, except a few papers which they scattered about the coach, doubtless to lighten the burden. There were no registered letters in the mail, and hence, if the robbers got any booty worth their trouble, it must have been in private letters.

This is the first instance of the kind which has occurred in this section of the state, and it naturally creates considerable excitement. The robbers came from the west, and left in a south-easterly direction.

RECKLESS DRIVING ON KANSAS AVENUE, TOPEKA

From The Commonwealth, Topeka, July 29, 1876.

"Henry Williams" and "Samuel Williams," two speedy gentlemen of this city "saw" Judge Holmes to the amount of $5.50 each, yesterday, for letting out their nags more rapidly on Kansas avenue than the safety of pedestrians and a certain ordinance of the city, would guarantee.

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